Marymount University’s Maxwell Hogan has run marathons, cycled in 100-mile races, and competed in triathlons – all to raise money in memory of his little sister, Brontë, who died at age 12 after a five-year battle with leukemia.
“My sister was a beautiful English rose who fought her illness with great and true bravery until she passed,” Max says. “After you lose someone so dear, it puts the trivial things some people worry about into perspective. I think about Bron all the time and try to make the most of my life. I intend to do good and great things, but Bron loved to have fun so I also plan to live life to the maximum.”
The sophomore from London, England, plans to earn his degree in mathematics.
“I like numbers,” he says. “You can’t argue with them.”
The numbers put up by TeamBron, formed with his father, Paul Hogan, have been impressive: more than $250,000 raised since 2011.
“It’s not unusual for me to be sponsored over $10,000 for a single race, although $5,000 is more typical,” Max says.
TeamBron’s main charity, called Anthony Nolan, connects bone marrow donors to individuals in need of transplants. It found a woman in Houston, Texas, who twice donated for Brontë Hogan’s transplants.
“Bone marrow transplants are a real global affair with transplant materials swapped all over the world,” Max says. “If you give blood – as I do – you need to get on a transplant register. It’s just a saliva test these days.”
TeamBron also competes for other causes, including those that benefit handicapped children and hospices. Max plans to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October to benefit the George Washington Cancer Institute.
“Arlington and Washington, D.C., are famously great places to run,” Max says. “I honestly have not been to a city with more runners. I often run from campus to the Washington Monument via Key Bridge, Georgetown, Watergate and the Lincoln Memorial.”
He’s grateful for the support he gets at Marymount.
“Aside from the location, which is just where I wanted to be, it’s definitely the people I like best about Marymount,” he says. “I made some great and hopefully lifelong friends within hours of arrival.”
Max Hogan finishes the London Marathon outside Buckingham Palace. TeamBron was sponsored by low-cost airline easyJet, which required Max to dye his hair the company’s orange color. “I was worried it would run in the heat, but in fact I think we used some kind of industrial colorant that took weeks to wash out, but it was worth the $10,000 I raised for my sister’s charity,” he says.